Update!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

It is up off of the floor and draping beautifully – Fabulous Fiona!

Happy Viewing
Lynette

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Almost There!

This is the first year in about five that the deer haven't eaten the Lion Daisy's to the ground!  Spring is here!

This is the first year in about five that the deer haven’t eaten the Lion Daisy’s to the ground! Spring is here!

Spring into Summer painted version is finished

Spring into Summer painted version is finished

Next week we will see the opening of a new KAL on Ravelry - Spring into Summer. Spring is a circular lace shawl, created with a Pi structure and heavily beaded. Including a crochet beaded detail crocheted to the edging join.

It has been a couple of years since I last created a KAL project and it seems like the timing is right! The first shawl I knit was in undyed yarn – Einband – that I intended for painting with dyes. Fiona has been test knitting the “normal” version. A beautiful Green Malabrigo Lace. Last night she posted a picture of the shawl blocking! Fiona has done a great job – it is beautiful.

From this.....

From this…..

Now I am working on a few smaller projects, mittens and lace, caps and hats.  Some projects for the Buffalo Wool Co and some for me and/or the store.  I am having limited success as I am a little distracted – one of the projects is frogged and awaiting a reknit!

...To this.  Some projects just need a little tweaking!

…To this. Some projects just need a little tweaking!

You see - I am waiting to start a bigger project – the yarn is on its way and everything is hush, hush!  So things might be a little quiet on the knitting front for a while!  LOL!

I am very excited by this KAL – the project sort of grew organically.  The shawl was originally just going to be a painting project for me.  But – encouraged by comments of others and my own excitement about the shawl that was appearing on the needles – I decided to write-up the pattern.

A sneak peak!  Waiting for the crochet edging!

A sneak peek at the Fiona’s Malabrigo! Waiting for the crochet edging!

I was not disappointed!  Fiona has shown how beautiful the pattern really is!  I hope that you will think so as well!

On Sunday, Tamera, Fiona and I will be off looking for the perfect local for pictures!  Do you have suggestions?  I was thinking of a Garden setting of some kind.  Milner won’t work this weekend as we have time constraints – something closer to home?

Happy Knitting

Lynette

Birds Nest Brioche Mittens - will make a cap as well I think!

Birds Nest Brioche Mittens – will make a cap as well I think!

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A Weekend’s Worth

Along the Biggs Park trail.

Along the Biggs Park trail.

Turkey Vulture - one of a pair that we saw landing in the tree's.

Turkey Vulture – one of a pair that we saw landing in the tree’s.

It was a three-day weekend and I walked 3 fabulous walks – Biggs Park to Jack Point, Neck Point and Morrell Sanctuary - here are the best (and the worst) of the weekend in pictures!

The second best bird siting this weekend was a pair of Turkey Vultures landing in the trees at Biggs Park!  The first was the flock of Surf Scoter’s at Neck Point!  Of special note was the Song Sparrow that posed for a full five minutes just singing her (or his) heart out!  It was a great weekend for birds!

I love the Salmon Berry Blossom - they glow against the greenery around them.

I love the Salmon Berry Blossom – they glow against the greenery around them.

Song Sparrow at Neck Point - just singing her heart out!

Song Sparrow at Neck Point – just singing her heart out!

 

It wasn’t such a great weekend for knitting – too busy to accomplish much and what was accomplished ended up getting ripped back!

I hope that your weekend was great – with better knitting results than mine!

Happy Walking

Lynette

 

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Spring is Done…..

Spring into Summer painted version is finished

Spring into Summer painted version is finished

Details

Details

Back details!

Back details!

…..Well the painted sample for the Spring into Summer KAL is done anyway!

I finished the beaded crochet applied edging Thursday night and I am thrilled with the results!

I hope that you like them as well!

Happy Viewing

Lynette

 

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Surfing DuckVille

Amazing site - the water was black with ducks.

Amazing site – the water was black with ducks.

Riding the chop!

Riding the chop!

The debris on the beach was thick with roe.

The debris on the beach was thick with roe.

The Surf Scoter – according to the “Book” – is gregarious and loves to flock together – especially when there is herring roe to be found.  Sometimes the flock can number over 300,000!

There weren’t that many at Neck Point yesterday morning but there were at least one thousand – most likely more – Surf Scoters and other ducks surfing the chop!  I saw Buffleheads, Merganzers and Harlequin ducks as well!  I have never seen anything like this flock of ducks.

Harlequin ducks bobbing the chop.

Harlequin ducks bobbing the chop.

The flock would separate out into fingers that would move away and back towards the main flock.  Ducks disappear and reappear as they dove down and popped back up.  The Gulls dove down and settled or veered away into the breeze!  The wind was freshening up as we watched the flock and the water got choppier.  Sometime the flock would almost disappear behind the approaching waves – incredible!

"Fingers" would separate and then rejoin the main flock

“Fingers” would separate and then rejoin the main flock

Loan Eagle

Loan Eagle

It was an amazing morning for bird watching.  A loan Eagle soared overhead – the Gulls were flying and diving around the ducks – the air and ocean were full of movement.

Happy Viewing

Lynette

 

 

 

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Waiting for the Final Touches

The sun is pouring in the front window and making Spring into Summer glow!

The sun is pouring in the front window and making Spring into Summer glow!

Not quite so much light - back view!

Not quite so much light – back view!

Just before winding!

Just before winding!

Ready for the final edging to be crocheted on! More beads and a thin accent of colour over the leaf edging!

Before I painted “Spring” I dyed some yarn for the edging.

Before steaming the yarn was striped with pinks, purples, reds and rose dyes.  After dying it was the same but much more!

I will start the edging this evening – I can hardly wait!

In Anticipation

Lynette

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Painting Spring into Summer

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Five hours later! Its painted and now is being gently steamed!

Guess what I did yesterday – all of yesterday!

I have decided that I need a bigger steaming pot or I should stick to smaller pieces.  I noticed while blocking that there are two defined lines of dye blending on the shawl.  Right at fold lines and there were a lot of fold lines to get “Spring into Summer” to fit into the steamer basket of my current steaming pot!

Happy Viewing

Lynette

 

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